It’s the last weekend of the back-to-school sales tax break in Florida and it will likely be a busy weekend for parents. But if you can’t get to all the stores at once, don’t panic! In fact, Consumer Reports says it can be a good thing.
News4JAX consumer investigator Lauren Verno spoke this week with Consumer Reports business expert Samantha Gordon. She said August was always a good month to find sales, thanks to back to school and Labor Day, despite rising prices for all kinds of products.
“We are absolutely seeing a price change this year for back-to-school purchases, especially for technology products. We are seeing a big difference due to the shortage of microchips, the prices of laptops and tablets are not going down like they used to be, ”Gordon explained. “So the discounts aren’t that big, the sales aren’t that big, but you can still save money. “
Consumer Reports tracks the prices of many of its most tested products throughout the year, so it knows exactly when you can buy them at a discount, and Gordon has a message for anyone feeling overwhelmed. : you could save more money if you spread your purchases.
“Don’t try to buy everything on your list all at once. It can be tempting to just do it and be done, but if you spread your purchases over the weeks to come, you will be able to enjoy different sales as they come and go, ”she said. declared. “Retailers are running different promotions over the next few weeks as different schools resume at different times and some are already back in session and some will be back in a few weeks. So you’re going to see savings opportunities until probably mid-September at least.
Computers / Tablets
If you need a computer right away, Consumer Reports found the Apple Mac Mini M1 chip computer for $ 649 (original price $ 699) on Amazon. The Mac Mini shows fast speeds in Consumer Reports benchmarks and scores well in owner satisfaction.
Another object that can go a long way this school year: a tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (128GB) tablet now costs $ 579 (original price $ 650) on Amazon.
“If you’re looking for something a little more economical, the Acer ChromeBook Spin. A ChromeBook is a great laptop. They tend to be more affordable, not as sturdy as a traditional laptop in terms of capabilities, but good for most students. The Chrome Book Spin costs $ 240 from Amazon, ”Gordon said.
If you need to beef up your internet connection and make it more secure, Consumer Reports says you can get a deal to upgrade your router.
We found the Netgear Orbi AC1200 (3-Pack) Wireless Router System for $ 128 (original price $ 200) on Amazon.
Consumer Reports found it had been reduced to $ 97 for a while.
Consumer Reports says the mesh network performed very well for medium and long distances in its tests.
“Something I’ve noticed on most shopping lists now for school supplies is headphones. Good deals there? Lauren asked Samantha Gordon.
“There are absolutely great deals on headphones right now,” she said. “Fortunately, there are a few models that we really like right now, including the popular Beats By Dre wireless headphones, Beats Studio3. These are noise canceling on-ear headphones that typically cost $ 350, and currently in most colors, they cost $ 200 at Best Buy.
If you’re looking for something a little smaller, Gordon says the true wireless headphone market is full of different options.
“What we really love are the Sony WF-SP800N True Wireless Headphones. They are great for noise cancellation and sound quality. They cost $ 98 at Best Buy, Amazon, and Target right now and they were originally $ 200, so you get a good savings there, ”Gordon said. “They have done really well with blocking sound and audio quality and Sony is a great brand of headphones that you can trust.”
Robotic vacuum cleaner
If you want to get a good deal on trying to keep that college apartment or dormitory clean, Consumer Reports found the Eufy 30C RoboVac for $ 220 (original price $ 300) on Amazon.
We found it for even less when we checked out – $ 180 on Amazon.
According to Consumer Reports, this extremely quiet robot vacuum excelled at cleaning and navigating its specially designed test lab.
“Vacuums, in general, tend to go on sale throughout the year, so my best recommendation is never to pay top dollar for a vacuum,” Gordon added.
Back-to-school sales tax break in Florida
You can still take advantage of the back-to-school tax holiday in Florida until Monday, August 9.
COMPLETE LIST : What qualifies for back-to-school sales tax relief
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